City of Lincoln
2004 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today announced formation of the Citizen Street and Trail Bond Audit Review Committee that would review audits of the expenditures of the $75 million if the upcoming bond issue passes to ensure the funds are spent on the intended projects.
“Because there are so many projects some tend to wonder if the funds are really spent for what was announced,” said Mayor Seng. “This review committee would eliminate that doubt and reassure taxpayers that the funds will be spent as planned. This citizen committee would review the independent audits of the bond proceeds to ensure the funds are spent on the projects that have been announced and not used for any other purpose.” The Committee will meet at least annually to review the independent audit that would be done on the street bond funds.
On September 14th, residents will vote on a bond proposal that would provide $75 million to construct streets and trails in Lincoln. The projects would be under construction by 2007. At least $70 million will be spent on street and road projects, $2.75 million will be designated for trail projects and the remaining $1.5 million will be available for sidewalk construction, but could also be spent on streets if other funds are used for sidewalks.
“The Streets, Roads and Trails Committee had extensive public involvement. I believe it is important to continue this open process by naming this Citizen Street and Trail Bond Audit Review Committee,” Seng said. Seng noted that infrastructure is one of the most important issues affecting our community’s growth and quality of life.
The committee members named by the Mayor include Dan Marvin, co-chair of the Street, Roads and Trails Committee and Planning Commission member; Linda Wilson, former City Council member; Carl Sjulin, President, West Gate Bank; and Annette McRoy, Lincoln City Council member.
Mayor Seng extended an invitation to Lincoln residents who want to be considered for appointment as the at-large representative to the committee to send her office a letter or e-mail stating their interest with a brief comment explaining why they would want to serve on the committee. The letters or e-mails must be received or postmarked no later than September 1st to be considered.